The St. Louis Rams were already facing a difficult challenge in 2014, playing in perhaps the toughest division in the NFL, the NFC West — which includes the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, the 49ers and the Cardinals. Now, they'll play this season without former No. 1 overall Draft pick and starting quarterback Sam Bradford. On Sunday, Bradford underwent and MRI that revealed a torn ACL in his left knee following a Saturday night pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns. As first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen via Twitter:

Bradford suffered an ACL injury during Week 7 of the 2013 season, causing him to miss the final nine games of the year. To call this a devastating blow to the Rams for the second straight year would be an understatement. When your starting quarterback — and former top overall pick — can't even stay healthy through pre-season, it's hard to have expectations beyond just "surviving." Let alone competing in the toughest division in the league.

For the time being, veteran backup Shaun Hill will take over the reins. Save for Michael Sam's inspiring story and the expected emergence of young tailback Zac Stacy, it's going to be one depressing year of Sundays in STL.

[via CBS Sports]